THE Bishop of Durham has called on church leaders and congregations to support a campaign calling for changes to the benefits system to stop people going hungry.

The Rt Revd Paul Butler has put his name to the End Hunger UK petition which calls on the Government to “fix” Universal Credit and commit to ensuring it provides people with adequate income to regularly afford good food.

Bishop Paul has asked all Church of England Bishops to sign the petition at endhungeruk.org/ucpetition/ and urge people in their dioceses to do the same.

He said: “I support the principle and direction of Universal Credit. However more and more families have had to turn to food banks following the introduction of Universal Credit, and are reporting unintended delays, lack of digital support, poor administration, and a lack of flexibility in the system. All of these problems can and should be resolved."

The petition will go to the Prime Minister before the budget in November.